Crispy pan fried maple pecan brussels sprouts! They’re sweet, savoury and the perfect vegetable side dish!
Serve with your favourite Christmas sides and main dishes for the ultimate celebration feast.
These brussels sprouts are honestly addictive. And I never thought I would say that as a previous brussels sprout hater!
To me, the key to delicious brussels sprouts is how you prepare them. Give me boiled brussels sprouts and I don’t want them. I think we have all experienced tasteless boiled sprouts and that’s easy to put anyone off for life.
But trust me when I say these are delicious. To bring out the best flavour and texture from brussel sprouts they need to be pan fried or roasted.
I find pan frying easier and quicker, especially on christmas day when oven space is usually limited!
What you’ll need for maple pecan brussels sprouts:
- Brussels sprouts
- Maple Syrup
- Salt and pepper
- Chilli flakes (optional)
As you can see you only need a few ingredients for this dish. The maple syrup adds sweetness, the pecans add crunch and it’s balanced out with some salt. I also love adding a pinch of chilli flakes for a kick of spice.
I also love adding some chopped up vegan bacon strips if you can get hold of some!
You can sub pecans for any kind of nut – walnut, chestnut, pine nuts. Any will be delicious but I love the combo of pecans and maple syrup in this dish.
How to prepare brussels sprouts:
Wash and cut the ends the tough off of the sprouts.
Cut them in half lengthways and peel off the outer layers if they are looking a bit dry. They will fall off easily once the bottom is trimmed.
Give them a good wash to remove any dirt then pat dry.
How to make maple pecan brussels sprouts:
Once the sprouts are prepped and cut place in a saucepan with a tbsp of oil on medium heat. Fry for a couple of minutes and then add chopped pecans, maple syrup, salt and pepper.
Stir and fry for a few minutes until the sprouts and browned and caramelized. Add chilli flakes if you want to add a bit of spice, which I really recommend.
What to serve with these maple pecan brussels sprouts:
If you want to make these sprouts ahead of time then leave the pecans out and toast for a few minutes before adding and reheating. Otherwise they will lose their crunch.
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- 500g / 1lb brussels sprouts
- 60g / 1/2 cup pecans
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Black pepper
- 1/2 tsp chilli flakes (optional)
- Trim the ends off the sprouts and slice in half. Remove any dry outer layers and then rinse well and pat dry.
- Heat 1.5 tbsp oil in a saucepan on medium-high heat. Add sprouts and fry for a few minutes until lightly brown.
- Roughly chop pecans and add to the pan with the maple syrup, salt and pepper and chilli flakes (if using). Cook for a few minutes until the sprouts are caramelized and starting to char.
- Serve and enjoy! Best eaten straight away.
If you want to make them ahead of time, leave out the pecans and toast them and add when reheating or they will lose their crunch.
Try adding in some chopped up vegan bacon for a crispy salty flavour.
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